Girl Scout Troop 4679 Partners with BCBA

BCBA participating in GIRL SCOUT Journey!

The Brown County Beekeepers Association recently partnered with Girl Scout Troop 4679 from West De Pere, WI to assist troop members on their Girl Scout journey. The members Brooklynn Steier, Nicki Waystedt, and Skylar Schultz, participated with  BCBA club members to construct, paint and install a hive as part of their Outdoor Journey. The Girl Scout Outdoor Journey is focused on environmental stewardship.  The girls learn how to care for our planet by minimizing our ecological impact and to be an advocate for nature.  Working with BCBA is a perfect fit for the girls to complete their Journey due to the important role bees play in our environment.  The girls certainly have talent painting and were very engaged in installing the nuc in their new home.

University of Minnesota Seminar helps us LEARN about VARROA and IPM

Have you done your MITE CHECK yet?  

Learn why integrated pest management (IPM) is important to keep your bees alive and how to apply it to your hives.

Below are the first two seminars (of a six part series) created by the University of Minnesota to help us manage Varroa with a plan. 

  1. Managing Pests with a plan  –  https://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/ipm_final_1.mp4
  2. Managing Varroa Destructor with a Planhttps://www.beelab.umn.edu/sites/beelab.umn.edu/files/managing_varroa_destructor_with_a_plan_-_version_2.mp4

  

Honey Bee Health Coalition releases info. to help bee keepers manage foulbrood

A great resource to help bee keepers with IPM – HONEY BEE HEALTH COALITION released an information sheet for hive management decisions related to American Foulbrood (AFB) and European Foulbrood (EFB).

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https://www.projectapism.org/project-apis-m-blog/honey-bee-health-coalition-releases-information-to-help-beekeepers-veterinarians-manage-foulbrood?fbclid=IwAR1IQIScHslT9o3HU9NAhVsM3HmvG-1JPXepVyRhg41VGPr9ibVEtb5Xf88

May 2019 Meeting Education

During the May 2109 meeting of the Brown County Beekeepers Association attendees were treated to two informative talks related to honey bees. The bee clubs goal is to provide timely, accurate, and interesting education at each meeting. All persons interested in bees and beekeeping are invited to attend.

Kaelyn presenting her glucose study

Kaelyn Sumner Pulaski FFA Student Advisor. She presented her science fair project that she will be taking to state level. Her goal was to determine if location or geographic location impacted glucose levels in honey. She had over 60 honey samples from all across the United States and even one from Canada. One of her biggest challenges was finding the correct dilution of the honey to determine glucose levels. Surprisingly, she found that geographic location did NOT impact glucose levels in honey. Thank you for your work and for sharing with our club. Kaelyn will be presenting her project to State – Wisconsin Convention as one of the five top projects.

Slava Strogolov CEO of Strong Microbials Inc. presented information about Honey Bee nutrition using pre-biotics and strong microbials to promote bee health, reproduction and longevity. He explained the positive impact of using pre-biotics on Foul Brood, Chalk Brood, other diseases and pesticides and insecticides. Attendees had the opportunity to buy his product DFM.

BCBA – Honey and Cheese Tasting Event

Honey and Cheese Tasting Event for Club Members and family

BCBA is holding a Honey and cheese tasting event !

Kent Pegorsch, president of the Wisconsin Honey Producers Association (WHPA) will give a presentation on the different Wisconsin flowers and nectar sources.   Every participant will receive a flavor wheel and color chart from the American Honey Tasting society (AHTS) as we taste various honey samples side by side.   We’ll then pair the sweet flavors of the honey with different types of artisan cheeses supplied by Nala’s Framagerie in De Pere.  Wine can be purchased separately. 

When: Tuesday June 11, 2019

Where: Nalas Framagerie,  2665 Monroe Rd De Pere

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Cost: $20.00 per person – $10.00  age 12 and under

Limit: 20 people due to space constraints at Nala’s – ONLY 3 OPEN SEATS AVAILABLE! (as of 5/4/2019)

Contact:  Julie Mazzoleni -Vicepresident@browncountybeekeepers.com to register and/or bring your payment to the next Club meeting on Wednesday May 15th.

 

Bee Informed – Colony loss and Management Survey

Bee Informed Partnership

 

 

 

Don’t forget to take the Bee Informed Partnership Survey for Colony loss and management.   You have until April 30th to complete the survey.  This survey allows beekeepers to gain critical knowledge around different management practices and how they impact honey bee health and survival rates.  It also help us to understand long-term honey bee colony loss trends.   Please remember to take the survey and be a part of the larger beekeeping community !!

TO TAKE THE SURVEY NOW – CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

https://26.selectsurvey.net/beeinformed/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=LMS2019#

Youth Involved with Bees

It is always encouraging to see young students getting involved with bees. Below is the write up from Tia Savage describing the bee project she presented at her school on March 28, 2109. She has been invited to attend an upcoming bee club meeting to present her project. She has also expressed interest in furthering her knowledge of bees by joining the club. Excellent work Tia.

“My name is Tia Savage and I attend a project-based learning school, John Dewey Academy of Learning in Green Bay, WI. I did a project working to Save the Bees and raise awareness. I presented the project at Event Night at my school and it was one of the most successful Event Nights I’ve had. I built a bee box out of wood, Styrofoam and paint. I printed honeycomb using a 3D printer and used jello to simulate honey. I had samples of artificial honey and real local honey out as well. I was given the name of “the Bee Girl” and I think I may have really got people to understand the importance of honeybees. “

 

 

Status of SPRING

Comparison of 2019 spring leaf out to average from 1981-2010

Keep track of SPRING by visiting USA – National Phonology Network

The First Leaf Index is based on the leaf out of lilacs and honeysuckles, which are among the first plants to show their leaves in the spring.

The First Bloom Index is based on the flowering of lilacs and honeysuckles. This Index is associated with blooming of early-spring shrubs and leaf out of deciduous trees. 

https://www.usanpn.org/news/spring 

       

 

BCBA Beekeeper of the Year 2108

2018 Beekeeper of the Year Carl Fisher, on the left, accepting the honor from President Steve Hupfer.

Each year the Brown County Beekeepers Association recognizes one of its members for their knowledge of bees, for exceptional contributions to the club, and dedication to continuing their personal education.

This year’s selection is Carl Fisher. As a member of the club since 2017 Carl has worked tirelessly the last two years as coordinator for the Introduction to Beekeeping class, volunteered to be a member of the nominating committee, lead the audit committee and learned about marking queen bees before conducting a Meeting Before the Meeting on queen marking for club members.

Previous honorees:
2017 – Lynn Lindgren
2016 – Dave Doering